Being a brunching Bitch is awesome. One of the most obvious perks is receiving invitions to dine at a variety of amazing restaurants that I may otherwise of not know about! On a fall weekend in late October, I had the privilege of being invited to brunch at Replay Andersonville, just a few shorts weeks after its initial opening.
Fall in Chicago is wonderful: the leaves are changing colors, people are out and active, and all of the Chicago neighborhoods suddenly become “cuter” in my opinion. This Fall in Chicago has been especially wonderful, because for the first time in a long time the Chicago Cubs made it to the championship series! The city was buzzing with excitement!
Venturing a little north of the city up to Andersonville was a delight on this particular Sunday. Allison and I were invited by Rachel, who is part of the wonderful Ro Bro PR team that represents Replay,, and we both jumped at the chance. On this occasion, we were lucky that Rachel joined us for brunch. As avid brunchers, we brunch quite a lot— often with the same people. My new husband, for example, goes to brunch with me nearly every week. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great — I love dining with him— but he isn’t exactly a Bitch. A little girl time over mimosas and eggs Benny is what I crave.
That’s why it is especially fun when we get to brunch with other people who love brunch as much as we do. And Rachel was no exception. When I arrived to the restaurant, Rachel and Allison informed me they had been there no longer than five minutes. But the cocktails were already on the table! Okay, I am in!
After downing our gazpachos, we promptly ordered our entrees. Since we were having a late brunch, and the brunch menu is more than just breakfast items, I opted for a salad. I was t-minus three weeks until my wedding and pancakes just weren’t in the cards for me, sadly. Also, the lime-grilled shrimp salad sounded incredible, so it was an easy decision.
Our food arrived quickly—a good move as our jealousy was growing as we witnessed the food being delivered around us to other tables.My salad was a fairly generous portion, but I was ready to accept the challenge after I considered all of the calories I was saving having ordered this dish. My salad was perfect; light and tangy with a bit of crunch. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and the perfect size to pop in my mouth with each bite.
It is abnormal for us to dine somewhere and not have something sweet for brunch to compliment savory, but at Replay I am so glad we made the decision to go with our hearts (and bellies!). Replay is well known for lunch and dinner items, and I think it was perfect we decided to try some of the items that showcase what dining there for other meals might be like. This is a chef-driven menu that is executed well.
Replay has received praise from all around Chicago, and I am happy to jump on that bandwagon. Andersonville has a variety of trendy brunch places worth trying and with the addition of Replay, Andersonville has just become exponentially better. It’s a fun spot perfect for dining at any time for any reason. The staff is great, and really knows how to make guests feel welcomed and appreciated.
The Bitches say: A. Replay Andersonville is here to stay. It is a great brunch spot, but also a perfect all-around spot for any meal. It’s a fun place to take friends for some good fun, and good food in a vibrant, entertaining atmosphere
5358 N. Clark St.